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High-Level Conference of Middle-Income Countries (MICs)

12-14 June 2013 | San José, Costa Rica

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Highlights for Thursday, 13 June 2013
MICs High-Level Conference
The second day of the High-Level Conference of Middle Income Countries (MICs) convened on 13 June 2013, in San José, Costa Rica. In the morning, delegates gathered for a ministerial breakfast roundtable entitled “A Development Strategy in Upper Middle Income Country: The Case of Costa Rica,” which addressed the role of social investment, economic inclusion strategies and renewable energy opportunities in development policy, and assessed the implications of implementing these policies.

Delegates then took part in a special dialogue on the challenges of MICs in sustainable development and the role of industry, in the morning and afternoon. The dialogue addressed, inter alia, the importance of sustainable industrial development in MICs to contribute to promoting social cohesion among others. They heard keynote speeches from Ludovico Alcorta, Director, Development Policy and Research, UNIDO and Mayi Antillón Guerrero, Costa Rican Minister of Economy, Industry and Commerce. Delegates also heard panel discussions on fostering sustainable economic growth in MICs through value chains and on greening industry in the post-2015 development context.

In the afternoon, delegates heard a high-level panel on integrating MICs into the post-2015 development agenda, addressing the key concerns of MICs in the context of the preparatory process for the post-2015 development agenda. They also heard a high-level dialogue on sustainability and industrial development, which addressed strategic partnerships to advance the world’s sustainable development agenda.

In the evening, delegates attended a reception hosted by the Costa Rican Ministry of Economy, Industry and Commerce.
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Local artisans provided an exhibition to share Costa Rican culture with participants
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Ministerial Breakfast Round Table:
A Development Strategy in Upper Middle Income Country: The Case of Costa Rica
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Round table panelists pose for a photo at the end of the session
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Mayi Antillón Guerrero, Minister of Economy, Industry and Commerce, Costa Rica
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Christian Rivera, CEO, Costa Rica Azul
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Adrián Lachnner, CEO, Instituto Invenio
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Ernesto Moreno, CEO, Totalpet
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Participants during the round table’s presentations
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Edgar Ayales, Minister of Finance, Costa Rica
The dais during the round table

Special Dialogue:
Challenges of Middle-Income Countries in Sustainable Development and the Role of Industry
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Ludovico Alcorta, Director, Development Policy and Research, UNIDO, during the special dialogue on the challenges of MICs in sustainable development and the role of industry

Industry Leader’s Round Table: Middle-Income Country Networks for Prosperity
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Mayi Antillón Guerrero, Minister of Economy, Industry and Commerce, Costa Rica, during her keynote address
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Barbara Kreissler, UNIDO

Industry Leader’s Panel 1: Fostering Sustainable Economic Growth in Middle Income Countries Through Value Chains
L-R: Marian Jones, Glasgow University; Allaudin Bin Anuar, Economic Planning Unit, Prime Minister’s Department, Malaysia; Mónica Watson Aramburú, Perú Cámaras; Manuel Grynspan, Etiquetas Impresas ETIPRESS S.A.; Rita Roy Choudhury, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry; and Annalee Babb, CEO, Knowledge Consultants Inc., Barbados
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Marian Jones, Glasgow University, during her keynote address
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Mónica Watson Aramburú (right), Perú Cámaras
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L-R: Manuel Grynspan, Etiquetas Impresas ETIPRESS S.A., and Rita Roy Choudhury, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry
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Annalee Babb (right), CEO, Knowledge Consultants Inc., Barbados
Annalee Babb, CEO, Knowledge Consultants Inc., Barbados, presents a slide to explain how creative and traditional industries can inspire and support traditional manufacturing.
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José Rosenberg (Ecuador) during the discussion
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Panelists group photo at the end of the session

Industry Leader’s Panel 2: Greening Industry in the Post-2015 Development Context
L-R: Paul Hohnen, Sustainability Strategies, Netherlands; Jorge Alé Yarad, Director, Council for Cleaner Production, Chile; Heinz Leuenberger, Director, Environmental Management Branch, UNIDO; Hanan El Hadari, Chairman, Industrial Council for Technology and Innovation, Ministry of Industry and Foreign Trade, Egypt; Nihat Dinçmen, Member of the Board of the Association for Green Growth, Turkey; Jorge Soto, Director of Sustainable Development, Braskem, Brazil; and Jaime Molina, President of the Costa Rican Union of Chambers and Associations of Private Enterprises, International Organization of Employers
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L-R: Jorge Alé Yarad, Director, Council for Cleaner Production, Chile; Heinz Leuenberger, Director, Environmental Management Branch, UNIDO; Hanan El Hadari, Chairman, Industrial Council for Technology and Innovation, Ministry of Industry and Foreign Trade, Egypt
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L-R: Nihat Dinçmen, Member of the Board of the Association for Green Growth, Turkey; Jorge Soto, Director of Sustainable Development, Braskem, Brazil; and Jaime Molina, President of the Costa Rican Union of Chambers and Associations of Private Enterprises, International Organization of Employers
Ambassador Usman Sarki (Nigeria)
Margarida Izata (Angola)
Rodrigo Rojas, Instituto Costaricense de Electricidad

High-Level Panel: Integrating MICs into the Post-2015 Development Agenda
L-R: Diana Alarcón, UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA); Ahmed Fikry Abdel Wahab Fahmy, Chairman, Chamber of Engineering Industries, Egypt; Ambassador Palitha T.B. Kohona (Sri Lanka); Moderator Santiago Martínez-Caro, Director, Casa Africa, Spain; Alejandro Martín Rivero Illa, Executive Director, International Cooperation Agency, Uruguay; and Brendan Ward, Director, UN Multilateral Affairs and Public Information, Irish Aid, Ireland
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Brendan Ward, Director, UN Multilateral Affairs and Public Information, Irish Aid, Ireland
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L-R: Brendan Ward, Director, UN Multilateral Affairs and Public Information, Irish Aid, Ireland, and Silvia Hernandez, Deputy Minister of Planning, Costa Rica

High-Level Dialogue: Sustainability and Industrial Development
L-R: Sareer Ahmed, Maldivian Permanent Representative to the UN; Lorena Guevara, Vice Minister of Environment and Energy, Costa Rica; Moderator Lisa Friedman, Deputy Editor, ClimateWire, Environment and Energy Publishing LLC., US; Marcin Korolec, Minister of Environment, Poland; Juan Ramón Rivera, President of the Chamber of Industries, Costa Rica; and Alejandro del Mazo, Federal Deputy Attorney, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Mexico
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L-R: Sareer Ahmed, Maldivian Permanent Representative to the UN, and Lorena Guevara, Vice Minister of Environment and Energy, Costa Rica
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L-R: Marcin Korolec, Minister of Environment, Poland, and Juan Ramón Rivera, President of the Chamber of Industries, Costa Rica

Reception hosted by the Costa Rican Ministry of Economy, Industry and Commerce
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Around the venue
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PROMED stand promoting Costa Rican medicine
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A view of the venue
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